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 Naomi Hughes

Naomi Hughes

Research student, School of Biosciences


Naomi holds a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of York and a MRes in the Microbiome in Health and Disease from Imperial College London.

Throughout her studies, Naomi became increasingly interested in the role of the human microbiota in health and disase and the growing crisis of antimicrobial resistance. These subjects caught her fascination over others as they clearly illustrated two sides to the relationship between bacteria and humans. She wanted to continue studying and develop our understanding of this relationship to ultimately improve the health and wellbeing of people around the globe. 

In addition to her thesis, Naomi is also involved in a public engagement project called 'Cardiff ART LAB'. Communicating scientific findings in a clear, effective and relatable way is a skill that Naomi hopes to develop throughout her PhD in order to capture the interest of wider society with cutting edge science and developments in the field.   



Antimicrobial resistance mechanisms in the presence of sub-inhibitory antibiotics and the microbiome

Briefly, Naomi's thesis aims develop an integrated understanding various putative lung pathogens and how differences in bacterial communities alters emergence of antimicrobial resistance. 

Over the course of her project she will determine how bacterial dynamics in isolation and changed by the presence of additional species. Further, molecular techniques including transcriptomics and proteomics will be used to deduce what genomic pathways are used to drive AMR. Finally these results will be used to design an improved antimicrobial susceptiblity test to account for polymicrobial interactions.   

Funding source



Professor Eshwar Mahenthiralingam

Professor Eshwar Mahenthiralingam

Director of Research (Lead)


Dr Cedric Berger

Senior Lecturer